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    Filed at 5:12 pm under by dcobranchi

    I don’t believe I’ve seen anything dumber in my 5 years of doing this gig:

    Depending on the state in which you live, a home school inspection may be necessary prior to you beginning the home school process. Some states also require a home school inspection on a periodic basis to ensure that the proper guidelines are being met and that curriculum is in keeping with educational benchmarks set forth by the state and individual school district.

    Educators are often observed periodically in traditional schools and a home school inspection is similar to this practice. But a home school inspection also takes into account the home environment as a setting conducive to effective learning. Inspectors will look for a quiet “classroom” setting specifically reserved for home schooling; it should be an environment that fosters concentration, creativity, and learning.

    A home school inspection will also take into account the materials that you are using for your home school program including textbooks, DVDs or videos, computer software, and online resources. All material should generally support and further the curriculum established by the school district.

    Ultimately, a home school inspection is for the good of the child. If you keep that in mind, it is less of an inconvenience and more of a necessary component of home schooling. Remember that home schooling is a responsibility and should be treated as such. A symbiotic relationship between you and the school district will only benefit your child and foster a greater educational experience.

    Unfortunately, I couldn’t give it zero stars.

    6 Responses to “WORST HOME ED ARTICLE EVER”

    Comment by
    April 30th, 2007
    at 5:39 pm

    Well, I rated it as well. If it gets enough 1’s, maybe they’ll pull the article. Wonder which state the author lives in? We don’t have inspections in Texas, but I’m sure TEA would love to get that going. As it is now, many school districts have officials — principals, counselors and truancy officers, primarily — harassing home educators over curriculum. It’s against the law to require curriculum be inspected and approved, but apparently, by the rate of cases being addressed, Texas school officials have gotten it into their heads in the past two years that home educators must seek school district approval before starting home education and must have their curriculum approved by the district.

    Comment by
    April 30th, 2007
    at 8:33 pm

    Gag, gag………I think I am going to be sick. I give it a minus 100, that’s the most awful propaganda I have ever heard.

    Comment by
    Nance Confer
    May 1st, 2007
    at 9:30 am

    It’s hard to tell where the article came from but it seems to be from Calvert Schools.

    A marketing device to scare people into ordering their product?

    Pretty heavy-handed, if so.


    Comment by
    May 2nd, 2007
    at 12:41 pm

    Well I guess we would have failed that inspection. Currently my house is my mess; I don’t own any kind of student desk and my early elementary children are choosing to study outside today. One of them was reading a book about the plants and animals of the Amazon in the treehouse, followed by an ‘expedition deep into the rainforest’ where she gathered leaves and flowers to mash together to see if she could make a new medicine for cancer. The other one is studying the effects of water erosion by pouring water on a mountain he made in the sandbox. We will probably do science in the creek today, knee deep in swamp mud searching for tadpoles and other critters. Pretty sure that will be messy too and no doubt, knowing my kids, noisy. Oh well. Good thing we don’t live in whatever state that article was referring to.—

    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    May 3rd, 2007
    at 10:41 am

    Seriously — does ANY state actually mandate such garbage?? If not, this may be propaganda, not just “marketing.”

    And if so, we ought to find out where and go help . . .

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    May 3rd, 2007
    at 11:02 am

    I think I have at least a passing knowledge of most states’ home ed laws. AFAIK, no state requires an inspection like this.